I love being a woman, so today, on International Women’s Day I wanted to share just a few of the reasons I love being a woman.
From my earliest memories as a young girl, I remember being told I was valued, I was able and I was allowed to want anything in this world. That is a gift, the best gift you can give a child I am sure.
1.The joy of female friendships
There is nothing quite like the bond between two women, girlfriends are more than friends they are a kind of soul mate. The love I feel for my female friends is infinite, unwavering and grows as I age. The importance of surrounding yourself with powerful, successful, funny, and smart women is not to be underestimated, the women I have welcomed into my life in the last 10 years have sustained me.
2. Strength beyond our own belief
Every month my body puts me through the ringer, both physically and emotionally. Although I don’t want children I am grateful for the wonder of my body and it’s ability to deal with so much on a monthly basis.
The inner strength I have is beyond anything I thought I could achieve. I don’t just mean the weights I can lift in the gym, I mean my mental and emotional grit and determination. There are barriers to women achieving and I have made sure that any that are put in my way are suitably destroyed and never hold me back.
3. We are part of change
#Metoo #AskHerMore #IAmANastyWoman #EverydaySexism #ImWithHer #EffYourBeautyStandards #IStandWithHer
I watched these movements grow wings and soar, I watched women march and shout and demand more. If ever there was a time and place where women are finding and using their voices, it’s now. I have always shouted for fairness, in fact almost every time I was reprimanded at school it was because I was fighting with authority, usually on behalf of someone else, for fairness.
4. TV & Film inspire us
Sure we’re not all the way there, but we’re a whole lot closer than we were when it comes to women on screen, the likes of Olivia Pope in Scandal, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Diane Lockhart from The Good Fight & Michaela Coel in Chewing Gum. But it’s not just on screen but behind the screen, directors like Patty Jenkins, Trish Sie, Reed Morano and Ava DuVernay not to mention Kathleen Kennedy, President at Lucasfilm, Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films.
Women from all walks of life are seen more in TV and film.
5. We’re filling the world on and offline with our wisdom
8. Virgin And Other Stories – April Ayers Lawson
Where once bloggers were 80% fashion, beauty and parenting, now the internet is awash with awesome women talking about politics, sex, relationship, tech, money, travel, you name it we’re talking about it.
It’s not just blogs, women are writing awesome books, launching awesome podcasts, the list goes on and on and on!
Seriously though, being a woman has it’s challenges but it also has some awesome highlights. I’m proud to be a woman, and if you are a woman reading this I hope you are too!
Here’s to the women I know and those I have yet to meet, International Women’s Day is for all of us.